Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tokyo Typo Store




Growing up, I attended Japanese school on Saturdays, pounding my head with countless Japanese "kanji" characters, practicing them over and over again until my hand felt close to paralyzed. But because I studied them for so many years, I can understand the meaning and origins of each. 

I recently modeled & styled T-shirts for a new brand, Tokyo Typo Store, which re-examines and redefines meanings and origins of Japanese kanji characters, and conveys emotion and design through graphics and illustrations. Some of them will actually make you think about which kanji the illustration is trying to portray. Kanji can be fun, according to Tokyo Typo Store :)  Check out the rest of their designs!


子供の頃、毎週土曜日は日本語学校に通っていました。週一回の漢字テストのために、腕が痛くなるまで漢字を何度も何度も練習した記憶があります。でも、たくさん練習したお陰で、今では漢字の由来や意味を理解することができます。

最近、知り合いの新しいTシャツブランドのモデルとスタイリングをやらせて頂きました。「Tokyo Typo Store」は、漢字が本来持つ由来と意味を再確認、再定義し、グラフィックやイラストレーションなどの表現を用いて、更にエモーショナルな形にデザインしていくプロジェクトです。考えさせるようなイラストレーションもあるので、漢字は面白いんだな、と思いました。全てのデザインを、是非チェックしてみて下さい!







17 comments:

  1. You look amazing in these stylish t-shirts and I can't get over how perfect your hair is, wow!

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  3. Great photos! The idea of the whole project is amazing and fascinating. I would love to see project like this with other alphabets like cyrilic script, because it shows language in more artistic way :)

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  4. Love those shirts and the typo concept. I only know around 20 kanji, so no way I would be able to spot the typos, but it looks really cool:)

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  5. This is an amazing idea, and the design are very beautiful. My knowledge of kanji is really pitiful since I haven't re-opened my textbook for 3 years now, this makes me want to refresh my previous study!

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  6. Their designs are so cool! You look great :) xx

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  7. super cute looks! i love how you styled up a simple t-shirt.

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  8. コメントありがとー!!!!素敵なお言葉めっちゃ嬉しかったよぉ〜!!!!マリコも近くとかシアトルにくる時は絶対に教えてねん♪ あたしゎもう全然帰ってなくて浦島太郎状態だから日本案内してください笑

    あんまりT Shirtファンぢゃないんだけど、これは欲しいかも!!!愛と香があったら絶対に即買い!マリコは漢字の名前あるの???

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  9. Loving the third look!

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  10. You look amazing!! :)

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  11. I went to Saturday school too when I was a kid, but nothing really stuck (sad face).

    anyway, I love these looks girl! These are so fun!


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  12. very very cool! I took Japanese for 6 years and Kanji and katakana was so hard while grasping hiragana was easier!

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  13. I saw many beautiful you on Tokyo Typo Store web site!
    目のデザインがとっても可愛いです♡

    akiko

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  14. So proud of you!
    Plus I really love the last photo mixed and match ♥


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